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Emily Siner

News Director

Emily Siner is the news director at Nashville Public Radio and host of the Movers & Thinkers podcast. She also reports on a wide range of topics, including higher education, science and veterans. She's traveled around Tennessee to tell national news stories for NPR and Marketplace.

Emily began at the station in 2014 as an enterprise reporter. She soon launched the station's first podcast and has since helped the station develop a whole fleet of shows with live events. She became the newsroom's assistant news director in 2016 and news director in 2017.  She has been named the Associated Press Radio Journalist of the Year and has received two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for her reporting.

Emily is passionate about storytelling on all platforms and spoke at TEDxNashville in 2015 about the station's efforts to share audio online. Before joining the news staff at WPLN, Emily worked in print and online journalism at the Los Angeles Times and NPR. She was born and raised in the Chicago area, so she's not intimidated by Nashville winters. Emily is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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NBA veteran and Tennessee State University alum Anthony Mason died this weekend, after suffering a serious heart attack in early February. He was 48.

The 6-foot-7 forward played for six teams during his 13-year career in the NBA. He's best known for his time on the New York Knicks in the early '90s, playing alongside Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and John Starks.

Mason played for TSU from 1985 to '88, becoming the school's fifth all-time leading scorer with 2,076 points.

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  Tennessee’s gay marriage case is one step closer to being argued in the U.S. Supreme Court. Lawyers for same-sex couples in four states, including Tennessee, handed in their written briefs last week.

The justices' decision, expected in late spring, could change Val Tanco's life. But she admits she's also excited about something else:

“Knowing that my last name will be spoken by them, I’m a little bit starstruck."

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A new low-income housing development is being lauded as the first of its kind in the state. 12 Garden Street, in Nashville's Chestnut Hill neighborhood, will house future pastors alongside people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

The first resident to sign on is 28-year-old Steven Greiner. He says he’s nervous to move out for the first time but excited to have more of a personal life — “to live as independently as I can," he says, "just living life [to the] fullest."

Last February, the governor of Tennessee announced he wanted to send all graduating high school seniors to community college for free. The bill passed, making Tennessee the first state in the country to have such a program.

WPLN reporters have been following Tennessee Promise throughout the year, from the initial excitement and skepticism, to the unexpectedly high number of signups. The first class of Tennessee Promise students will enroll in fall 2015.

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When the Israeli prime minister gives a controversial speech to Congress next week, only one of Tennessee’s two Democratic representatives will be there.

The controversy comes from House speaker John Boehner inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to talk to Congress about Iran’s nuclear program — without consulting the president. 

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A frosty relationship between the organizers of two upcoming technology conferences in Nashville has resulted in another out-of-court settlement. 

The dispute began after San Francisco tech publication Pando Daily threatened legal action against Launch Tennessee, an agency partly funded by the state that invests in startups.


Tennessee astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore spent more than six hours Wednesday working outside the International Space Station. Wilmore, who’s been aboard for about six months, was helping prepare the station for the arrival of private space taxis. 


Updated March 12: Butch Wilmore returned to Earth yesterday from the International Space Station, landing in remote Kazakhstan. He has spent a total of 178 days in space.

Meet Barry “Butch” Wilmore, your friendly local astronaut.

Wilmore grew up in Mt. Juliet and went to Tennessee Tech University and the University of Tennessee. Then he enlisted in the Navy, became a pilot and then — an astronaut.

Screenshot from U.S. Senate video

Vanderbilt University spends $14 million a year complying with federal higher education regulations, its chancellor told the U.S. Senate Education Committee. His point: That number is too high.

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The cold weather this week means water pipes are freezing and breaking around Middle Tennessee. Residents might start to notice even more busted pipes as soon as the weather warms up.

So far, people might not realize they have frozen pipes, especially on a sink they don’t normally use. Even if the pipe is broken, the ice might prevent water from leaking.

Once the ice beings to melt, that’s when the leaks start, says Scott Potter with Metro Water Services.